Martin Brückner, (Ph.D. Brandeis University; M.A. Mainz University, Germany), is Associate Professor in English and American literature, with a secondary appointment in the Center for Material Culture Studies. He is the author of The Geographic Revolution in Early America: Maps, Literacy, and National Identity (UNCP, 2006), which received the 2006-2007 Louis Gottschalk Prize. He is co-editor, with Hsuan L. Hsu, of American Literary Geographies: Spatial Practice and Cultural Production, 1500-1900 (UDP, 2007) and has also published essays in the journals American Quarterly, English Literary History, American Literary History and in numerous essay collections. A recipient of the Francis Alison Younger Scholar Award (2002) he has held grants and post-doctoral fellowships from various institutions, including the Andrew W. Mellon foundation (Omohundro Institute, 2001-2002) and the NEH (Winterthur Museum, Spring 2009). His current research examines the social life of maps in early American culture. He regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in early American literature, history of books and reading, the environmental imagination, cultural studies, and literary theory.